Daniel Island School Gets Funding for New Technology Programs

June 16, 2015

The Daniel Island Community Fund has pledged to match up to $50,000 raised by the Daniel Island School PTA membership to fund an innovative new tech initiative and bring Dell Chromebooks to students in third through eighth grade who attend the island’s elementary and middle school. The lightweight laptops function “in the cloud” and will share documents and data through Google Classroom.

A portion of the new tech initiative, which is being introduced for the 2015/2016 school year, will focus on teaching students, teachers and parents how to safely use technology. Using resources from CommonSenseMedia.org, information about monthly topics will be presented through classroom education, parent sessions and special speakers.

The money also will help fund a test program for a “flipped classroom,” which is being undertaken by one of the school’s sixth grade social studies teachers. The “flipped classroom” concept, developed several years ago by science teachers in Colorado, involves delivering lessons though short videos that are watched at home. Class time is spent exploring and reinforcing concepts through interactive discussions with the teacher and special projects and activities. The goal is to shift from a teacher and lecture driven classroom to a student-driven environment that fosters active learning. In a flipped classroom, students spend homework time absorbing concepts; The practice comes in the classroom, where the teacher can help.

These initiatives would not be possible without the partnership between the active parents at the Daniel Island School, and the generous matching funds provided by the Daniel Island Community Fund. It’s just one of many examples of how Daniel Island neighbors, businesses and organizations are known to come together to bring the best programming and amenities to our community.